Official Web Site of Heiau Keau Kukui `Ula Historic Preserve

"Ahuwale ka nane huna"... What was hidden is revealed.

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JULY 1 @ 10 A.M.
AUG 5 @ 10 A.M.
SEP 2 @ 10 A.M.

Meeting is held in Pualani Estates at a Chairperson's home. Schedule is subject to change. Seating is limited. Please call in advance 808.327.9792 or email the Hui to confirm your attendance. Mahalo!


K. Kealani Winter - CoC
R. Likeke Bumanglag - CoC
J. Nohea Alexander - R&DM Mgr. (Research & Documentation Sub-Committee)

C. Pohaku Dechape

Eunice Fields

At-Large Contributingl Heiau Members:

Sharon Alexander

Roger Farnsworth

JR Rosario

Delbert Smith

(Now accepting applications for new members.)

Aloha Kākou!

This web site has been created to communicate the on-going progress and activities of the Keau Kukui `Ula heiau as it evolves into the future. It will also share the heiau's historic significance, its use, and information relevant to the preservation of Hawaiian Culture.

The Keau Kukui `Ula Heiau is located within the Pualani Estates at Kona subdivision, below the town of Holualoa. The historic cultural preservation plan was established between the State of Hawai`i, Hawai`i County, Pualani Estates of Kona, and residents of Hawai`i Island. Pualani Estates, as the Community Curatorship Organization, is proud to be a partner in the preservation of this sacred Hawaiian treasure. Without the agreement between the State and Community, Pualani Estates would not exist as it does today. We are one of a handful of developments on the Big Island to be fortunate--and privileged--to have an open-space heiau as well as a Hawaiian cultural treasure.

The heiau grounds (including its perimeter) is currently under restoration and off-limits to anyone except authorized individuals. Violators are subject to Chapter 6E-11, Hawai`i Revised Statutes.


Talkstory Series at the heiau - Fall
September 26 6pm-7pm
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The Heiau Preservation Hui welcomed Eunice Fields to its Research & Documentation Sub-Committee (R&DC) in June.

As its newest member, Eunice joins sub-committee member C. Pohaku Dechape who is also part of R&DC managed by J. Nohea Alexander.

Originally from Kelalakekua, Eunice currently lives near the heiau. She has been interested in the heiau's preservation, conservation, and sense of place for awhile. By being actively involved she hopes to share its rich history and heritage with others.

Welcome aboard, Eunice!


Hui members attended a 5-hour Learning Forum at the University of Hawai`i Palamanui Campus (Kona) on June 12 to further their study and knowledge in preservation practices.

The topics included:

  • Lessons learned from preservation practices

  • Case Studies of Kona Coffee Living History Farm, Hapaiali`i Heiau, Hawai`i Legacy Program, Ala Kahakai National Historic Trail

It was followed by breakout group discussions with preservation specialists and a Q & A period.

The forum provided opportunities for the Hui's steering committee to network/reconnect with a wider range of preservation specialists, practitioners, state and county officials, to broaden their role as preservation stewards.

Key participants included National Park Services personnel, Kona Historical Society, County preservation representatives, Hawaiian archaeologists, and lineal family members.

This was the second of several educational and training opportunities hui members are expected to achieve in 2019.


A team of cultural guests tracing the footsteps of King Kamehameha I was welcomed by the Hui team at the heiau on June 7. Their visit was preceded by visits to the birthplace of Kamehameha I in Kohala, Kamehameha's Pu'ukoholā Heiau, and his Ahu'ena Heiau seat of government at Kamakahonu Bay.

Before sunset Hui members gathered and greeted the visitors with traditional lei made from the ki grown on the heiau grounds; followed by an oli that was offered by the visiting team. A preview of the oli can be viewed here .

Discussions included an overview of the Hui's current preservation and educational efforts and plans, the layout of the area, and creating community partnerships to protect the remaining wahi pana of the area.

Among the tour members were former Kamehameha School graduates and others who have family roots in Hawai`i. Both teams agreed to keep an open line of communication going forward.


Nohea Alexander (center of photo) extends the traditional honi
greeting to one of the members of the cultural group.

David Palmer the visitor team leader (far right) thanked the hui for what
they considered a once in a lifetime opportunity to learn about Hawaiian culture.

Likeke Bumanglag (left) explains the profile of the heiau
and its relationship to the area.

Kealani Winter (far right in kihei) describes the background and
key aspects of the heiau as hui volunteers Roger Farnsworth and
Pohaku Dechape (middle of photo) look on.


On June 5 Heiau Hui members completed the framing and installation of the new interpretive sign for the Hui's "Talkstory At The Heiau" educational series. The series begins Thursday, September 26 from 6-7 P.M. and will continue throughout next year.

The series is produced by the Heiau Hui volunteer staff, an achievement the County of Hawai`i Cultural Resources Commission considers "outstanding" through the Hui's effort in "initiating an interpretive program at the preserve." The Hui continues to do extensive research on its own, attends relevant meetings and lectures, and networks with Hawaiian cultural sources.

The morning was opened with traditional oli and pule and an offering of ho`okupu, including a special ceremonial offering from an American Indian Mohawk tribe in New York. Hawaiians and American Indians share striking commonalities in their beliefs, culture, and history.

The interpretive sign project started in 2017 and involved a number of things including comprehensive research and discovery, many volunteer hours, and coordination with suppliers and government officials.

In addition to using the new display as a key teaching tool it will also provide updated information as more discoveries in the area are made. This outreach to the community will bring a greater understanding and appreciation of Hawaiian culture, history, and 'ōlelo.

A very special mahalo a nui loa to kupuna volunteer JR Rosario for his valuable mana`o, construction expertise, and guidance in bringing this important project to fruition.

Be sure to visit this website periodically for news and information about activities that might be of interest to you, your ohana, or friends. Ahuwale ka nane huna! (What was hidden is revealed!) We hope you will visit our talkstory series and learn more about the heiau and Hawaiian culture.


On May 29, hui members attended a lecture given by Patrick V. Kirch, one of the leading experts in the field of archaeology in the Pacific. The pivotal lecture focused on the study of heiau at the Kahikinui and Kaupo landscapes of Maui where more than 3,800 archaeological sites were recorded. The lecture also made reference to some of the early archaeological research in Kona and how new findings may bring greater clarity to the previous data.

A noteworthy overview on the Hawaiian heiau system was presented in great detail. This enabled hui members to come away with a broader understanding of how the ancient structures were used. For example, in addition to being spiritual and agricultural formations, some heiau were also used to determine astronomical calculations. (Such as the rising of the Pleiades, known in Hawaii as the Makaliʻi.) This astronomical revelation was of particular interest to our hui who had wondered if Keau Kukui `Ula could have been used in such a manner.

The lecture included the different types of heiau formations, an awareness hui members knew little about and will help them better understand and recognize important structures and artifacts that may otherwise have gone unnoticed. After the lecture hui members met briefly with Kirch who acknowledged interest in visiting Keau Kukui `Ula in the future.

The hui is in the process of acquiring a copy of the study ($75) entitled "Heiau, 'Aina, Lani: The Hawaiian Temple System in Ancient Kahikinui and Kaupō, Maui" as another tool to improve stewardship of the preservation site.

If you enjoy doing volunteer work and want to join efforts that are making a difference, consider joining our Hawaiian culture preservation hui (committees). Many of the over 37 historical structures that once marked our coastline have been obliterated, ravaged and/or obscured by excessive developments, neglect, and time. The Hui's undertaking to preserve our Hawaiian heritage is to ensure the protection, preservation, and restoration of the Keau Kukui `Ula Heiau for the benefit of future generations. Hele mai! Come join us!

Mission Statement: The Historic Preservation Site Committee (HPSC/Hui) seeks to manage, preserve, collect, and interpret the cultural resources of the Keau Kukui `Ula Heiau.


Keau Kukui `Ula Preservation Hui (Committee)
c/o Hawaiiana Management Company, Ltd
Palani Court - Suite 215
74-5620 Palani Rd
Kailua-Kona, HI, 96740
Phone: (808) 930-3218
Fax: (808) 331-1743


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